Nine rules for better government

I have lived through the ups and downs of this nation for a great number of years. I have been noticing for some years now the government in Washington, D.C., has been becoming more and more isolated from the people they are supposed to represent. They pass laws, but then exempt themselves so the laws do not apply to them. They spend our money irresponsibly and each year more of our freedoms (guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) are eroded away. I know this will never happen, but I believe the following rules/laws, if implemented, would solve some of this nation’s problems.

1. Congress must abide by all laws passed.

2. To help ensure as many flaws as possible are worked out of the laws passed, all laws will apply to only Congress, the president and all their combined staff for the first 24 months, thus giving them ample time to work out any glitches.

3. The wages and benefits of all elected officials will be determined by their constituency. The voters should determine what their senator, representative, president, etc., get paid.

4. Congress cannot pass any budget, or spend more money, than the federal government received through taxes. IF they (Congress) wants to spend more money than the government takes in, Congress must make up the deficit out of their own personal assets.

5. Congress cannot impose or create any new taxes or increase any existing taxes. Any new taxes or increases in current taxes should be approved by voters.

6. There should be a two-term limit for all elected officials.

7. There should be no pensions or lifetime benefits for any elected official. They can invest in a 401(k) or IRA for a retirement plan.

8. No bill may be brought to a vote in the House of Representatives or the Senate if it contains more than 35 pages. Any law that requires more pages than this is probably too complicated to be effectively applied.

9. No bill may have amendments/additions/etc. added to the bill that does not deal specifically with the subject of the bill. That means, for example, if the subject of a bill is concerning a national park, no one can add on funding for an airport in their home state. If an airport needs funding, the member must introduce a separate bill for that and it must be voted on separately.

These nine rules/laws would not eliminate all of this nation’s problems, but I believe it would be a good start.

James W. Kizer II,